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Happy Anniversary

As of yesterday, the Written Vixen is officially three years old. Seeing that notification gave me a moment to take a look back at where things started. In a lot of ways, it’s surprised me to see how much my blog has grown in just three years.

In honor of that, I went all the way back to the start of the blog, with my introductory post.

Most of the time I write sci-fi and fantasy, but I’ve dabbled a little bit in just about every form of fiction. This blog is dedicated to book reviews, thoughts on writing, some short stories, and the trials and triumphs of publishing.

An Introduction

Book reviews aside, I think I’ve done a fairly good job of keeping up on what I set out to do. In the three years I’ve written sixty-four stories. I’ve also written and posted one hundred and sixty-eight writing exercises and prompts.

At almost a year, I posted about what I’d learned in that short time. Everything I said then still holds true today. Consistency matters, but so does interacting with other bloggers and reaching out into your community. It helps to keep a few ideas on the go, for those inevitable moments when I need a post and don’t have any new ideas handy.

And, above all else, be patient. When I first started blogging I had one follower—myself. Today, I have over two hundred people to thank—including you, reading this post. You’ve given me your time and attention. Many of my readers come from different walks of life, but you’ve all let me know that my words are being read and appreciated. For that, you have my thanks and my admiration.

If you’re just starting out: keep at it, and be patient. It takes time to grow things.

I had one goal when I started blogging, and that was to hopefully inspire someone else. Today I know I have inspired others. My prompts and exercises remain consistently among my top-performing posts.  For that, I again have everyone reading today’s post to thank.

Three years in and I’m happy with how things stand. Where I’ll go next, I don’t know, but I do know that I’m excited. There’s new goals to set and reach and new things to discover. Who knows what comes next? Maybe I’ll finally start getting some reviews written.

Thank you. I’m looking forward to sharing the next year with all of you.

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November 2020 Recap

There are thirty-two days remaining in the year. With November now finished and out of the way, it’s time to start looking at the very end of the year. It’s been an intense and unpredictable year, but there’s still a little time left.

For those who participated in NaNoWriMo, congratulations! Even if you didn’t reach fifty-thousand, you still took a chance and gave your story and work a chance. Hopefully you at least have a chunk of a story for a start.

This year I chose to focus on my incomplete projects. I hit fifty-thousand only a few days ago. In total I finished the rough drafts of a novel and two novellas. I’d been hoping to get more done, but overall I’m happy with where things are standing now—and I’ve finally moved those projects out of the continuously unfinished pile and into the much smaller pile of things that needs editing.

December starts tomorrow, and with it, the last stretch of the year. I’m planning on getting back into edits, starting with another fairy-tale novella. It’ll also be time to revisit my yearly goals and set new ones for next year.

I’d love to hear about your November. Let me know how it went in the comments!

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October 2020 Recap

Despite being extremely busy for most of the month, it feels like October has crawled by. Even while nearing the end, I’m surprised at how far away the beginning of the month feels. Part of that is probably because of several responsibilities I’m having to juggle and readjust this month. The last couple of months have been busy for me, and I’m having to reassess what goals I have time to contribute towards.

Unfortunately, one of the things that got hit the hardest this month was my time for writing. I haven’t really worked on anything. Although I didn’t declare a particular project for the month, I did have aims to get some of my older notes typed up (these are largely the ones that have begun to fade from age and use). That didn’t happen.

You may know from my earlier post that even my NaNo Prep is largely nonexistent. I haven’t even announced my NaNo project yet. I’m hoping to get a couple of hours in the next couple of days to at least make a decision one way or the other, but I may end up doing that on the first of November.  If nothing else, I figure I can use the standard fifty-thousand goal of NaNo to finish up a couple of the projects on my lengthy, unfinished list.

How was your October? Let me know in the comments below!

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September 2020 Recap

When September started, it felt like the days were dragging by. Now at the end of the month, I admit I’m not sure what happened this month. I’m not even sure where the month went.

Initially I wanted to get through the draft of at least one project this month. Although I’ve been able to take a look at my projects and determined which ones need the most attention, I haven’t quite managed to work on anything productively. Part of that is because I’ve had a lot more work and home projects to handle. It all added up to a lot of busy-ness without getting a lot of personal work done.

With October rapidly approaching, I’m looking at ways to get a better balance in. While I’m not declaring one project or the other, I do want to finally get all of my projects organized and in one place. The goal is to at least sort through all of the notes I have for various settings, and as a stretch goal, get all of said notes typed up.

How was your September?

 

 

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August Recap

August has been a quiet month. After some of the insanity that’s been happening in the last few months, I’m happy for a little bit of peace. There’s still a lot left of the year, and that means plenty of time for things to change.

This month was the launch of my new serial Seventh which is in the same universe as Crimson and Gold, though following different characters. I’m expecting the serial to run through to October and will be continuing to update it on Fridays.

As for what’s in progress right now, I’ve been focusing on some of my older projects for most of this month, revamping and revising a few of them. It’s been enjoyable, but it’s also been eating up a lot of time.

For September, I’m hoping to get at least one of those older projects completely redone and ready to go for the next round of drafting and editing. Beyond that I realize I haven’t been great about keeping up on adding photos to my post and want to work on that a little.

How has your month been?